• Despite a Focus on Risk Management, Why Do Unthinkable Things Continue to Happen?

    3 January, 2019 by Rod Farrar, Director, Paladin Risk Management Services

    Accidents and errors, in life and in manufacturing more specifically, continue to happen despite heightened levels of risk management and international standards. Find out why time, frequency and probability can’t be factored in to calculate likelihood and learn the key to determining actual risk.

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  • 5 Keys to Helping Your Device Company Gain MDSAP Certification

    2 January, 2019 Jean-Christophe Gourmanel and Tifany Desprez, Apsalys, a MasterControl Partner

    The Medical Device Single Audit Program (MDSAP) can help give your medtech company an edge in international markets. In Part 3 of this three-part series, find out how to most seamlessly navigate your company through the MDSAP audit process.

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  • Modernizing the FDA’s 510(k) Review Process: Pros, Cons and the Twilight Zone, Part 3

    2 January, 2019 by Alex Butler, Manager of Medical Device Solutions, MasterControl

    This is the last article of a three-part series on the need to modernize the FDA’s 510(k) program. This blog post explains why using the strictest standard as the foundation for your submissions worldwide, even in countries that are relatively lenient, is the right thing to do in terms of both ethics and economics.

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  • Champagne: A Staple of Celebration; A Legacy of Quality

    27 December, 2018 by David Jensen, Staff Writer, MasterControl

    Champagne has long been a staple of holidays and momentous occasions. The bubbly beverage is also deeply rooted in culture and tradition. To coincide with the mirth and merriment of the holiday season, this article discusses the rich history of Champagne and how it has become synonymous with quality.

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  • MDSAP: Guiding Your Company Through the Audit Process

    26 December, 2018 Jean-Christophe Gourmanel and Tifany Desprez, Apsalys, a MasterControl Partner

    Now that you understand what the Medical Device Single Audit Program (MDSAP) is and how it can benefit your medtech company, learn more about MDSAP’s audit process and how to successfully steer your company through the specifics of the journey. This is Part 2 of a three-part blog series about MDSAP.

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  • Safety Is the Key to 6S

    20 December, 2018 by Beth Pedersen, Staff Writer, Master Control

    5S, the system of workplace standardization and organization which originated in Japan, has helped countless manufacturers reduce waste and optimize efficiency. Now, a sixth “S” is turning this lean initiative into a centerpiece of corporate culture, making it more about people than profit.

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  • Modernizing the FDA's 510(k) Review Process: Pros, Cons and the Twilight Zone, Part 2

    19 December, 2018 by Alex Butler, Manager of Medical Device Solutions, MasterControl

    This is Part 2 of a series of three articles on the need to modernize the FDA’s 510(k) clearance process. This blog post discusses the pros and cons of the program in general and the dangerous loophole in the equivalence approach.

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  • A Risk-Based Approach to Auditing and Qualifying Suppliers and Vendors

    18 December, 2018 by Joy McElroy, Consultant and Business Development Director, Maynard Consulting Company

    For a manufacturer, qualifying vendors and suppliers can be challenging due to varying philosophies and expectations. To avoid ambiguity and uncertainty, manufacturers should have SOPs and policies for interacting with vendors and suppliers. Audits and quality assurance assessments will go smoother with open and clear channels of communication between all parties that will result in improved compliance.

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  • Wanted: Chief Robotics Officers in Manufacturing

    13 December, 2018 by Cindy Fazzi, Staff Writer, MasterControl

    The concept of working robots has come a long way since Isaac Asimov’s science fiction stories circa 1940s. Today, robots work in Amazon warehouses, streamline the manufacturing process at Adidas, and serve amenities in Crowne Plaza hotels. How long will it take before we start seeing wanted ads for chief robotics officers (CRO) to manage a combined human and robotic workforce?

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  • Modernizing the FDA’s 510(k) Review Process: Pros, Cons and the Twilight Zone, Part 1

    12 December, 2018 by Alex Butler, Manager of Medical Device Solutions, MasterControl

    This blog post is the first of a series of three articles on the need to modernize the FDA’s 510(k) clearance process. Part 1 discusses key points of the ICIJ investigation on the medical device industry, the FDA’s response, and the implications of this hot-button public debate in the near future.

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  • Santa Embraces Manufacturing Excellence

    6 December, 2018 by Sarah Beale, Staff Writer, MasterControl

    When you’ve got a hard deadline, efficiency is everything and no one knows this better than Santa. While he has the entire year to prepare for December 25th, he’s also preparing up until the last second to ensure he’s got everything ready for the big day. To pull this off, he needs a reliable digital production records solution.

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  • The Importance of Knowing What You Don’t Know About Drug Development

    4 December, 2018 by Arvilla Trag, RAC, Consultant, BioProcess Technology

    New drug development is Sunday drive, especially for startups. There can be costly mistakes and unanticipated roadblocks that pop up when you least expect it. Learn how to steer clear of hazards, what to do and who to talk to.

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  • Building an Audit-Ready QMS

    15 November, 2018 by Joy McElroy, Consultant and Business Development Director, Maynard Consulting Company

    Consumers and patients assume manufactured pharmaceuticals are safe and effective. In order for quality units to assure this, you have to have a robust quality control (QC) and quality assurance (QA) program guided by an equally sound quality management system (QMS). Learn the roles of QC and QA and how to create a QMS that will help your company maintain a high level of quality.

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  • PwC Report Analyzes Health Care Policy Issues

    15 November, 2018 by PricewaterhouseCoopers Health Research Institute

    PwC’s Health Research Institute recently issued a report on the U.S. midterm election that analyzes policy issues that may well impact the American health care industry for years to come, particularly those in the pharmaceutical and life science industries. Learn what this means for manufacturers.

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